Search For RCC Alternative

As the availability of sand is posing a huge problem for Rural Housing in inaccessible areas of Odisha, the State Government has decided to go for alternatives to Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) Roof.

In inaccessible areas availability of sand is posing problem for housing and putting up roofs without sand is just not possible.
So large number houses in rural areas are left incomplete. Looking at the scenario the State Government is in search of alternative to RCC Roof, said sources.
RCC is a combination of concrete and steel to build a structure instead of using only concrete.
In the recently held Collectors, Conference, this issue came up as the State Government has decided to go for 6.5 Lakh houses during the year 2017-18.
Houses are built under the Rural Housing Schemes, which include programs like Biju Pucca Ghar, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) and Nirman Shramik Pucca Ghar Yojana (NSPGY).
Sources said till date 1.45 Lakh houses are completed, however progress is not smooth in inaccessible areas as sand is not available, admit officials.
Inaccessible areas in the Tribal Districts in general are facing short supply of sand and most of these districts are lagging behind in Rural Housing Programs, admit officials.
While now inaccessible areas are facing non availability of sand, with National Green Tribunal (NGT) slapping stringent conditions on sand mining, coastal zones will face similar situation in near future, admit officials.
Recently NGT Eastern Zone has restricted sand mining from the River Brahmani.
The Tribunal directed the State Government not to grant any permits for sand mining in River Brahmani bed in Dharmashala Tehsil of Jajpur District.
Similar situation will arise in case of other Major Rivers as indiscriminate sand mining has threatened embankment and rivers are seen changing course.
Under this backdrop, officials say that Filler Roofs are in vogue in Kerala and Karnataka. And these roofs have proved their durability over 30 years from now.
Such roofs are not only structurally performed well with load transfer, tension, compression, deflection and such technical matters.
However as these filler roofs are not tested in Odisha, these will be examined by the technical team, so that once certified those can be utilized replacing RCC, said an official.
District Collectors are proposing for alternatives to RCC Roofs and the State Government will make a move in this regard soon, said an official.
Incidentally, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also asked the officials to examine such alternatives and Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has also directed the Department of Panchayti Raj to look into the matter, said sources.

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